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Gabrielle Farley

Ella the Ungovernable

June 26, 2024

David McDonald has discovered onto an obscure and interesting story: 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald’s incarceration in the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson, New York, after her mother was killed crossing the street, and her miraculous escape from it.  While little is known of her life during this period, McDonald calls his play "Ella the Ungovernable" “speculative fiction.” As co-directed by actress Michele Baldwin (who plays Ella’s mother Tempie, short for Temperance) and the playwright, the play feels a bit long without an intermission. [more]